Mental Health Task Force

The Healthy Communities Leadership Team members gathered together with numerous community partners and collectively completed a community health assessment.

The next step in this process is to further define the issues identified and develop strategies which will result in more healthful living. Convening with community partners with expertise in mental health services will be integral to achieving progress regarding the issues around mental health awareness, understanding and services provided in the community.

Membership of this task force consists of staff from Meeker, McLeod Sibley Community Health Services(MMS CHS), Meeker Memorial Hospital, Crow River Family Services, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center, Stepping Stone, Pact for Families, Sibley County Public Health and Human Services, and Hutchinson Health

Current Work of the Task Force:

The overall charge of the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Mental Health Task Force is to reduce the negative impacts of mental health issues facing the community.  The specific purpose of the Mental Health Task Force will be guided by the members of the task force with guidance from the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership Team (CLT). Strategies and interventions will go across the continuum of mental health services from prevention to treatment.  Data collection, analysis, and monitoring will be the crux of the Mental Health Task Force in order to demonstrate outcomes of improvement.

Currently the task force will be working on an anti-stigma campaign in regards to Mental Illness as well as prevention of mental illness.

The group recently received funding from the Medical Reserve Corp to work on Mental Health First Aid training.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Staff from MMS CHS are currently working to train agencies and community members.  Some agencies that will be trained are:

  • Public Health Staff
  • School Staff
  • EMS
  • Law Enforcement

Mental Health First Aid: From a phone call to a movement video explains more.